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Alternative rockers Redwood take influence from everything from emo to post-rock with fragile melodies and powerful choruses filled with inspiring and mesmerising lyrics. The band’s debut album ‘Beside A Shallow Sun’ sees Redwood push the lines of their genre with an indie soaked shoe-gaze soundscape that dabbles in math-rock hooks and eccentricity.
We managed to catch up with lead guitarist Jamie Richards to talk about the origins and the future of the band.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Redwood before?
Jamie: Oooh okay. I would say, big hooky choruses with alt-rock sensibilities but with atmosphere, ambience and heavier crescendos. Almost cinematic in some ways. We draw a lot of influence from the music we all love and you’ll hear all sorts of that sprinkled throughout our songs. From jazz to emo and even some classical elements. It all gets put into a mixing pot and outcomes our music!
DP!: How did the band form?
Jamie: Myself (Jamie, lead guitarist) and Alex (singer) began writing acoustic songs together when we were still at school and named the project Pulling Teeth. We quickly became enamoured with the songs and turned them into full-band tracks. We then forced our other musical mates to come and join us and from there, called ourselves Redwood! since then, we’ve had a couple of line-up changes and now have been in our current state for the past three years!
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Jamie: Honestly, I think as soon as live venues are back up and running again, we’ll dive headfirst into doing as many gigs as possible. I think I speak for all of us when I say we are absolutely ravenous to play live again. So hopefully we’ll be able to devise a tour at some point soon, but aside from that, just getting some more music written. We’re quite lucky in so far as we all are pretty educated in using recording software, so we’re always creating and producing new sounds… It would be nice to get a lot more out sooner rather than later! We’d definitely love to tour Europe again as well as exploring further across the globe, so perhaps some big new opportunities to take our music abroad come up after this horror show of a pandemic ceases to be a problem.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Jamie: Coffee Breath, Penthouse, FES, Vona Vella, Palm Reader… I could go on with the list of our up and coming pals but there’s just a few! We’d really love to be touring the country again to be seeing even more fresh bands but ya know…
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to be and why?
Jamie: I definitely aspire to have the kind of musical backlog that Radiohead do. They never miss. Album after album of pure gold that you can tell they put their absolute all into, all done exactly their way. It’s all unequivocally them and that’s how I want us to remain in future. The way each album blends into whatever year it was released is spectacular and you can tell where certain members of the band have been enamoured with certain sounds that keep popping up and it’s just perfect. Alex would say Young The Giant or Bad Suns because they make rocky banger after rocky banger and I have to agree. Hooky pop-rock is absolutely where it’s at.
DP!: What’s the standout moment in your career so far?
Jamie: There’s been a couple of moments that have taken us back a bit. First of all, would have been in London in 2018 when we supported Decade at the Borderline and had pretty much the whole crowd yell the lyrics to ‘Haunted’ back at us. We usually get one or two people doing that but to have a packed out venue of that size to be shouting the lyrics to us… That was something else. Other standout moments have included when a couple of our incredibly supportive fans have gone and gotten themselves inked with our lyrics or song concepts in mind as the inspiration. That’s just insane. For us to have that much of an impact on people is really amazing and we wanna try and keep making that happen… To make an impact on people, not for them to get tattoos of us haha.
DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Jamie: Straight up touring our socks off. JUST LET US BACK ON A STAGE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, WE’RE READY!!!!!
Rosewood‘s debut full-length album ‘Beside A Shallow Sun’ is out on November 6th.
You can pre-order the album from the band’s official BigCartel (here).